sexta-feira, 15 de julho de 2016

Hungarian police and military accused of violence against migrants

According to the new regulations in force in the country since July 5, security forces have been instructed to capture and deport those who entered the territory illegally or who are found at a distance of up to eight kilometres from the border with Serbia. But there are reports of persecution in far more areas in the interior of the country, and even in the area of the capital, Budapest.

The new report of the NGO based in New York includes testimonies of 12 migrants collected in April and may, where they state that were brutally beaten up by security forces and again returned to Serbia.

"In the movies never seen beatings like this," says a man quoted in the report. "Caused us serious injury deliberately".

The Hungary "is breaking all the rules" and "reject summary form" applications of asylum seekers crossing Serbia, indicates Lydia Gall, researcher at HRW.

"People in Hungary without permission, including women and children, were beaten brutally and forced to return to the other side of the border," he added.

About 400,000 of migrants and refugees crossed to Hungary in 2015 before the Government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's nationalist right have closed in autumn its borders South, now protected by fences with barbed wire.

The authorities also adopted new legislation that punishes illegal entry and the destruction of the border fences, and involved 3,000 convictions in summ ary trials, which mostly involve expulsion order.

Orban took the view that the mass immigration of Muslims threatens the security of Europe and its Christian identity, and refuses to accept refugees from reception centres in accordance with the quota scheme decided by the European Union (EU).

Despite the number of illegal immigrants seals intercetados through the Hungarian police has increased every month in 2016, for a total of 17,500 at the end of June.

In response, the legislation which came into force at the beginning of July, allows the authorities to expel any migrants sensed in "no man's land" with eight kilometers on the border between Hungary and Serbia, before reaching the "transit areas".

The Hungary has restricted the number of people still daily can be received in transit zones, and where they can be submitted applications for asylum.

In recent months, hundreds of people, particularly young men and unmarried, were forced to wait in degrading conditions, in the range between the passport control zone in Serbia and the fence.

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